Greenwood Joins Crime-Mapping Website
GREENWOOD, Ind. (WISH) – People in Greenwood have another resource when it comes to tracking crime in their area: a crime-tracking map.
The idea behind creating a resource that would show people exactly where and when a crime happened was simple for Greenwood Police Chief John Laut: “It’s public awareness of what is going on in their area.”
Having the ability to see what crimes are happening near you could help you avoid becoming a victim, according to Chief Laut.
“They realize that they are living in an area where there are thefts. Maybe they shouldn’t leave valuables in the vehicles where they are in sight,” said Laut.
The website allows people to get an overview of all crime in the city. You can search for crime reports from a specific area or for a specific type of crime, including thefts from cars, burglaries, and criminal mischief.
The mapping software also helps officers to track when and where they need to patrol, said crime analyst Misty Iturate.
“They can patrol those areas to help smooth things out as far as traffic and things like that,” Iturarte said.
Moving forward, the department said it hopes that by making this information available to the public it will help in making Greenwood a safer place.
“There (are) only 67 sworn officers in Greenwood, but there is a population of almost 60,000, so the more eyes out there looking, the better,” Laut said.
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